Noel Streatfeild


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in Sussex, The United Kingdom
December 24, 1895

Died
September 11, 1986

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Mary Noel Streatfeild, known as Noel Streatfeild, was an author best known and loved for her children's books, including Ballet Shoes and Circus Shoes. She was born on Christmas Eve, 1895, the daughter of William Champion Streatfeild and Janet Venn and the second of six children to be born to the couple. Sister Ruth was the oldest, after Noel came Barbara, William ('Bill'), Joyce (who died of TB prior to her second birthday) and Richenda. Ruth and Noel attended Hastings and St. Leonard's Ladies' College in 1910. As an adult, she began theater work, and spent approximately 10 years in the theater.

During the Great War, in 1915 Noel worked first as a volunteer in a soldier's hospital kitchen near Eastbourne Vicarage and later produced two
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Ballet Shoes

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4.07 avg rating — 31,175 ratings — published 1936 — 67 editions
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Dancing Shoes

4.07 avg rating — 4,961 ratings — published 1956 — 20 editions
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Theater Shoes (Shoes, #4)

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4.02 avg rating — 4,809 ratings — published 1944 — 28 editions
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Skating Shoes (Shoes, #7)

4.10 avg rating — 3,117 ratings — published 1951 — 21 editions
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Movie Shoes (Shoes, #6)

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Thursday's Child (Margaret ...

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Circus Shoes (Shoes, #3)

3.78 avg rating — 923 ratings — published 1938 — 14 editions
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Ballet Shoes for Anna

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Saplings

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3.88 avg rating — 632 ratings — published 1945 — 4 editions
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Tennis Shoes (Shoes, #2)

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“It might have all the same; you never can tell what's magic.”
Noel Streatfeild , Ballet Shoes
tags: magic

“There is no doubt a new dress is a help under all circumstances.”
Noel Streatfeild, Ballet Shoes

“It's about that applause I want to speak to you. I want you to remember that when you've done a little dance or a song or sketch, the applause which you get is not only because you yourself have done your best, but because each of those men is seeing in you someone he loves at home, and because of you is able to forget for a little while the unhappiness of not being in his home, and in some cases the great tragedy of not knowing what has happened to the children in his family.”
Noel Streatfeild, Theater Shoes

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April 2016 Juvenile Fiction Genre BOM: family saga/bildungsroman

Five Little Peppers and How They Grew by Margaret Sidney
Five Little Peppers and How They Grew by Margaret Sidney
Published in 1881
'To help mother': that was the goal of each and every one of the five Pepper children. Yet even as 'Mamsie' struggles hard to feed and educate her brood, she still manages to fill the house with joy. The adventures of this poor but loving family - Ben, Polly, Joel, Davie and the adored youngest, Phronsie - have charmed young readers for more than a century. Overflowing with warmth, suspense and many delightful surprises, this classic remains as compelling as ever.

 
  3 votes, 37.5%

Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild
Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild
Published in 1936
Pauline, Petrova and Posy are orphans determined to help out their new family by joining the Children's Academy of Dancing and Stage Training. But when they vow to make a name for themselves, they have no idea it's going to be such hard work! They launch themselves into the world of show business, complete with working papers, the glare of the spotlight, and practice, practice, practice! Pauline is destined for the movies. Posy is a born dancer. But practical Petrova finds she'd rather pilot a plane than perform a pirouette. Each girl must find the courage to follow her dream.

 
  3 votes, 37.5%

The Mitchells Five for Victory by Hilda van Stockum
The Mitchells: Five for Victory by Hilda van Stockum
Published in 1945
Awards: National Jewish Book Award for Children's Literature (1952), The Charles W. Follett Award (1951)
The five Mitchell children are based on the author's own family. In the first of three books about their adventures, Daddy has just gone off to World War II. One of his final words to his daughter Joan is, "No dogs " She would dearly love such a pet, but life is full and so many new friends -- pets as well as people -- join the Mitchells, she hardly has time to think about dogs. The children form a club to do their part for the war-effort -- first and foremost helping Mother, of course. Humorous and tender incidents combine with delightful illustrations to make the Mitchells truly unforgettable.

 
  1 vote, 12.5%

Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze by Elizabeth Foreman Lewis
Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze by Elizabeth Foreman Lewis
Published in 1932
Awards: Newbery Medal (1933), Lewis Carroll Shelf Award (1960)
When Young Fu arrives with his mother in bustling 1920s Chungking, all he has seen of the world is the rural farming village where he has grown up. He knows nothing of city life. But the city, with its wonders and dangers, fascinates the thirteen-year-old boy, and he sets out to make the best of what it has to offer him.
First published in 1932, Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze was one of the earliest Newbery Medal winners. Although China has changed since that time, Young Fu's experiences, like making friends, are timeless.

 
  1 vote, 12.5%

All-of-a-Kind Family (All-of-a-Kind Family, #1) by Sydney Taylor
All-of-a-Kind Family by Sydney Taylor
Published in 1951
It's the turn of the century in New York's Lower East Side and a sense of adventure and excitement abounds for five young sisters - Ella, Henny, Sarah, Charlotte and Gertie. Follow along as they search for hidden buttons while dusting Mama's front parlor, or explore the basement warehouse of Papa's peddler's shop on rainy days. The five girls enjoy doing everything together, especially when it involves holidays and surprises. But no one could have prepared them for the biggest surprise of all!

 
  0 votes, 0.0%

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